Good news for those who were to late to buy a ticket for Lassus Grand Cru on August 22nd at Laus Polyphoniae: this 'tasty' performance with Stefaan Degand will be heard, seen and tasted a second time that same evening. Don't want to miss that? Buy your ticket for the show at 10:15 pm.
Even in the 16th century, people already knew that masterful Renaissance composer Orlandus Lassus's music leaves no one untouched. The fact that his sweet tones created a perfect concordance with great wine, was an open secret.
Zefiro Torna now combines both elements - Lassus's popular repertoire on the one hand, and a selection of exclusive wines on the other – into the sensuous production Lassus Grand Cru. During this musical wine tasting, countertenor and skilled wine expert Steve Dugardin, along with a professional actor, will entertain the audience with exquisite faits divers about Lassus's life.
Zefiro Torna will be touring in Belgium and abroad with this tasteful production.
"Raise the glass! Start the song! Come, let’s cheer, let’s drink, As long as the bright stars shine, as long as the fine bottle bestows on us its content, and the full glass beckons us to enjoyment. Come, my friends, let’s make a toast! Let us all drink!" (Anon., 16thC)
We would like to raise our glass with you on the dawn of this new year in a literal way: during the performance of Lassus Grand Cru, wine flows abundantly to the sounds of Lassus' sweet and danceable songs. In our performance of Slumber, soprano Lore Binon, cellist Benjamin Glorieux and lutenist Jurgen De bruyn will submerge you in nightly atmospheres. Furthermore, 2018 brings many foreign adventures. Coming spring, Zefiro Torna will tour the Netherlands (Slumber and Lassus Grand Cru), France (Scattered Rhymes), Italy (De Fragilitate), Germany and the Czech Republic (Lassus Grand Cru).
We wish you a creative, lovely and exquisit 2018!
Sunday 29 October is the end of daylight saving time. No better medicine to enter the cold winter days than the warm, healing sounds of the Balsam production. After a sold-out Belgian premiere in Leuven, we will bring this program to Bierbeek on 29 October.
A day earlier we will make some Brugse cafés unsafe, together with vocal ensemble Viermaliks, with drinking songs of Orlandus Lassus during Klara's event 'Iedereen Klassiek'. The grand finale of this Lassus Café Chantant will take place in the Concertgebouw Brugge.
The setting is a peaceful summer’s evening. A small group of pilgrims is resting, leaning against the church wall of the Abbey of Montserrat. They have travelled far and made their long journey to come and worship the famous black Madonna. In the proximity of Mother and Child, these pilgrims expect enlightenment, forgiveness, purification, inspiration and a new beginning.
Very soon and even ‘in situ’, some of the pilgrims return to their perverted habits. After their long journey they need to blow off steam, they drink, make a racket singing and dancing wildly. But not so these quiet pilgrims against the church wall. They are enjoying each other’s company. They also want to erupt in song, but these are songs of a complete other nature: to pass the time in the evening, they sing songs for the Madonna. They know their classics through and through.
They claim to be able to sing the 'O, Virgo spledens' in a triple canon. And the 'Los set Gotx' we will bring in their own tongue, not in Latin. We sum up the seven virtues of the Virgin Mary. And in the 'Ad mortem festinamus', we reflect thoroughly on our sins and death. They are all well known songs and the Abbey’s monks have written them down meticulously in a booklet, as if they wanted to say: “These songs and no other”.
Psallentes and Zefiro Torna have once again opened this booklet.
Liam Fennelly or Manuela Bucher fiddle
Jowan Merckx flutes, bagpipes, percussion
Jurgen De bruyn medieval lute, guiterne, percussion, artistic direction
Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Adriaan De Koster